It's the close of another fun-filled week — so let's hit the cybernews, shall we? And watch out for black cats, ladders, and mirrors; it's Friday the 13th, after all.

Writing in Education Weekly, Vivian Maguire asks,"Is Anybody Listening to Teachers?"

South Carolina teachers who were in favor of the Common Core try to come to terms with their state's decision to leave the Standards behind.

House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor's recent defeat has implications for several education bills currently in the House.

According to Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, "All teaching is exhausting and depressing." Ouch. We hope you find it to be not quite as unbearable. We also love litotes.

At the Cambridge University Press website, Joanna Budden gives three tips for teaching vocabulary to teens.

The New York Times asks students several questions about the World Cup and their feelings about soccer.

Might starting every student with an 'A' help your students perform better?

That's all for this week. Have a great one, and see you next time.